Teaching Tip 369 | “Plain Speaking – preaching with power: prophetic preaching” | Malcolm Cox


Here is your 2-minute tip based on the book, “Plain speaking: How to preach and teach effectively” by David Bercot.

Bercot emphasises the conversational nature of speaking, but there is a place for the prophetic, by which he means those speakers who convey a sense of dramatic urgency. “Typically, their goal is to convict their hearers of sin and for the need of repentance. They don’t want to make their listeners comfortable; they want to make them uncomfortable. They often seek to bring their listeners to a life-changing decision right there and then.” 135

Bercot offers the following thoughts.

  • No scowling
  • Prayerfulness
  • Giftedness

What are your thoughts on the points Bercot raises?


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